Manchester United have postponed announcing a decision on Mason Greenwood’s future until the international break.
The Red Devils player has been under an internal investigation since February when the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) dropped its case against him for attempted rape, assault, and coercive control.
Greenwood’s future at Old Trafford remains unclearGetty
The CPS concluded there was ‘no longer a realistic prospect of conviction’ after key witnesses withdrew their cooperation from the investigation. Greenwood denied all allegations.
The 21-year-old hasn’t played for the club since January 2022.
But despite expectations a decision on his future would be made by the club before the start of the new season, this may not happen now until September.
That’s according to The Athletic, who report Man United now want to explain the findings of their internal investigation with key stakeholders – including the women’s team and fan advisory board – and the timeline has been adjusted as a result.
The report also states the women’s team and England stars Mary Earps, Ella Toone and Katie Zelem have been petitioned to allow Greenwood’s return by users commenting on Man United’s post of the Lionesses’ World Cup quarter-final win.
The messages were reportedly seen by the players.
However, the club says the women’s team won’t govern what happens, nor will the advisory board, but instead will be informed and asked for their feedback.
The decision could come sooner if Man United arrange communication with the women’s stars before they return from their holiday after the end of the World Cup this week.
Man United will start their season tonight without GreenwoodGetty
The club say chief executive Richard Arnold will make the decision and it will be based on the facts established by the club investigation and it’s not clear how much influence the Glazers will have.
A section of Red Devils fans are expected to be staging a protest against the prospect of Greenwood being reintegrated into the team.